Hello, I haven't posted in a while so I have decided to write a brief summary of what I have been up to. As an avid Counter Strike player, I attend many LAN events. They are extremely fun but can be tiresome when it comes to lugging my Corsair 600T PC around! A few months ago I decided I would go ahead and finally build myself a proper LAN rig that is small and light, yet powerful enough to game on properly.
This build features full custom water cooling, an EVGA GTX 1070, and a case all the way from the UK! The case I chose has excellent features for various layouts, customisation and features an transparent acrylic side panel that I was looking for. Once I found this case, I couldn't tear myself away from it and figured that I may as well just order it, even if it was going to take a long time to arrive from the UK.
The build took a long time with ordering different parts, receiving the wrongs parts (more than once!), a dead pump (yes seriously) and the actual time to build the PC alongside work and everything else I had on.
I am extremely happy with the result though; I currently have it hooked up to my 50 inch TV in my chill / gaming room. It boots almost instantly to desktop and handles everything I throw at it (with amazing temperatures too!). I was worried such a small case, with only a single 140mm radiator would result in high temperatures under heavy load, but so far I have yet to witness this.
I am really enjoying Forza Horizon 3 on this new PC. I bought an XBOX 360 wireless receiver to hook up my old controllers and it works perfectly! Forza is great fun with a controller, but I would love to experience a wheel & pedal. At the moment though, I'm not willing to spend that much for an improvement to a single game / genre. I did order a steam controller though! My full build log is available here.
Full parts list:
CPU: Intel i5 6600K
GPU: EVGA GTX 1070 Founders Edition
Mobo: Asus Z170I Pro Gaming (Mini-ITX)
PSU: SilverStone SFX Series SX600-G 600W 80Plus Gold Fully Modular SFX
RAM: 16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 (White)
Storage: AS330 Panther 240GB SSD (Boot), Corsair Force LE 960GB SSD (Main Storage)
Res: EKWB EK-XRES 100 DDC
Rad: EKWB EK-CoolStream CE140 Single 45mm
Tubing: Primochill Advanced LRT Tubing 3/8"ID x 5/8"OD - Crystal Clear
Fittings: EKWB EK-ACF Fitting 3/8" x 5/8" - Black x 8, EKWB EK-AF Angled 90-Degree G1/4 Adaptor - Black x 1
GPU Block: EKWB EK-FC1070 GTX - Nickel
CPU Block: EKWB EK-Supremacy EVO - Full Nickel
Coolant: Mayhems Concentrate Pastel 250ML - Ice White
Phanteks 24-Pin Motherboard Extension Cable (White)
Phanteks 8-Pin PCI-E Extension Cable (White)
Bitfenix 8-Pin Sleeved 12V EPS Cable (White)
Aurora LED Light Strip (White)